Manually preparing a garden with a shovel or a spade is extremely strenuous work. When choosing tools to start your own garden, a rear-tine tiller is the first investment you should make.
Rear-tine tillers break up hard ground and till it into soft garden soil that can easily be cultivated and sowed. They allow you to loosen soil effortlessly without the exhausting labor.
As the powerhouses of the tiller family, rear-tine tillers are the tool to choose when you're working with large plots of soil that's hard and rocky or heavy with a high clay content. They offer plenty of options and features for serious gardeners and farmers, too.
Rear-tine tillers are available with three different types of rotating tines:
Standard or forward rotating tines
Counter rotating tines
Dual rotating tines
The question is, which type is best for you?
Standard Rotating Tines (SRT)
Standard rotating tine tillers, also called forward rotating tine tillers, have tines that rotate in the same direction as the wheels. A standard rotating tine tiller is ideal if you're tilling ground 5” in depth or less.
Counter Rotating Tines (CRT)
Counter rotating tine tillers have tines that rotate counter-clockwise. The frontward pulling of the wheels combined with the counter rotation enable an individual to till compact soil very easily. Counter rotating tine tillers are the best for loosening hard or clay soils.